Sound Tigers shut out Albany
By MIKE FORNABAIO
New York Islanders goaltending coach Sudarshan Maharaj recommended
David Cann for a tryout at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers' training
camp, saying the 22-year-old goalie has skill but hasn't had a chance
to show it.
Cann gave 501 fans at The Rinks at Shelton a peek at that skill
Friday night as the Sound Tigers opened their exhibition schedule
with a 4-0 victory over the Albany River Rats.
The goalie started the game and stopped 18 shots before giving way to
Alex Westlund midway through the second period. Westlund, the former
Yale standout, stopped 12 River Rats shots.
"I'm looking for a break, but at the same time, I've got to create my
own break," said Cann, who has a tryout agreement with Johnstown of
the ECHL if he doesn't stick with Bridgeport.
Monday's opening of training camp was Cann's first professional
experience. He completed four years at Colgate in the spring.
"It's definitely a quicker game," Cann said. "The puck comes off the
stick quicker. They make the pass when you least expect it."
Cann, a Brampton, Ont., native, played just 10 games last year at
Colgate, going 4-3-1. But Maharaj, who worked with the goaltender
during the past few summers, liked Cann's ability, calling him
a "fluid" skater.
"David is so skilled that he makes a lot of things look very easy,
sometimes to his detriment," Maharaj said.
"A year from now, after (Cann has) played a lot, I'd like to see him
again. He has the potential to blossom into a goaltender down the
Bridgeport doesn't have a goaltending opening now, with Dieter Kochan
and Wade Dubielewicz entrenched after setting AHL records for team
(1.72) and individual (Dubielewicz, 1.38) goals-against average last
If the NHL lockout ends, though, one of those goalies could move up
to back up Rick DiPietro. Then, the time Cann and Westlund spent in
Bridgeport could be the break one of them needs.
"I don't know how much longer I'll be in camp, with Dieter and
Dubielewicz," Cann said. "All I can do is try to make an impression
on the scouts and the coaches."
Blaine Down left Friday's game in the third period; Bridgeport coach
Greg Cronin said Down took a stick to the rib cage.
Down had been among Bridgeport's better players, scoring a goal and
adding an assist.
Rookie defenseman Chris Campoli continued his strong camp with a
three-point game. He jumped up in the play to score a power-play goal
to open the scoring, and he added two assists in Bridgeport's three-
goal second period.
In the second, Barrett Heisten scored on a rebound, Down redirected
home a centering pass, and Sean Bergenheim scored from a bad angle
just 64 seconds after Down's goal.
All four goals came against Albany's Ari Ahonen.
The River Rats' lineup included Zach Parise, a first-round draft pick
who helped the United States to the 2004 World Junior Championship.
Former Sound Tiger Ray Schultz, who signed with the New Jersey Devils
as a free agent this summer, did not play.
ALBANY 0 0 0
BRIDGEPORT 1 3 0
1, Bridgeport, Campoli 1 (Regier, Down), 6:59 (pp). Penalties
Morlang, Bpt (boarding), 2:36; Voros, Alb (cross-checking), 5:20;
Belak, Bpt (roughing), 18:13.
2, Bridgeport, Heisten 1 (Campoli, Bateman), 5:34. 3, Bridgeport,
Down 1 (Morlang, Curic), 17:41. 4, Bridgeport, Bergenheim 1
(Edwardson, Campoli), 18:45. Penalties
Voros, Alb, minor-major-misconduct (instigating, fighting), 1:58;
Spencer, Alb, double minor (roughing), 1:58; Caldwell, Bpt, major
(fighting), 1:58; Bergenheim, Bpt, double minor (roughing), 1:58;
Caldwell, Bpt (holding), 8:44; Pikkarainen, Alb (hooking), 12:33.
No scoring. Penalties
Clouthier, Alb, major (fighting) 8:20; Belak, Bpt, major (fighting),
8:20; Kadeykin, Alb (high-sticking), 8:35; Bateman, Bpt (hooking),
Shots on goal
30. Bridgeport 6-9-8
Power play opportunities
Albany 0 of 4, Bridgeport 1 of 4.
Albany, Ahonen 0-1-0 (15 shots-11 saves), Kostur, 0:00 third (8-8).
Bridgeport, Cann 1-0-0 (18-18), Westlund, 10:48 second (12-12).
Sound Tigers Win Preseason Opener
October 1, 2004 - SHELTON, CT - The American Hockey League's
Bridgeport Sound Tigers, top affiliate of the National Hockey
League's New York Islanders, opened their four-game 2004 preseason
schedule with a 4-0 win over the Albany River Rats at the Rinks at
Shelton Friday. David Cann and Alex Westlund combined to stop 30
shots for the shutout while Chris Campoli had three points in his
Moments after Cann stopped on Albany's Ilkka Pikkarainen on a
breakway, Campoli, who has earned rave reviews during the first week
of training camp, re-directed a Blaine Down centering pass for a
power-play goal to make it 1-0 Sound Tigers. Steve Regier also
assisted on the goal, which was scored 6:59 into the first period
with Campoli driving down the slot to reach the feed from Down who
was on the right-wing boards.
The Sound Tigers doubled their lead to 2-0 on a similar play 5:34
into the middle frame when Barrett Heisten chipped home the rebound
of a Campoli shot. Campoli took the initial shot from the right
circle, and Heisten found the rebound just off the left side of the
slot. Jeff Bateman also assisted on the play.
Cann was replaced by Westlund with 9:12 left in the second period
after stopping all 18 shots he faced.
Down drove hard to the net and scored just before sliding into River
Rats Goaltender Ari Ahonen to make it 3-0 Sound Tigers with 2:19 left
in the middle frame. Ivan Curic and John Morlang assisted on the
goal. Sean Bergenheim then made it 4-0 just 1:14 later off assists
from Derek Edwardson and Campoli.
Campoli was the first star of the game with three points and game-
high +2. Down was the second star with two points, and Cann was the
third star. The Sound Tigers were 1 for 4 on the power play and 4 for
4 on the penalty kill. Albany had a 30-23 shots on goal advantage.
The Sound Tigers will play three more preseason games in Shelton
hosting the Springfield Falcons this Monday at 7 p.m., the Lowell
Lock Monsters this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and the Hartford Wolf Pack
next Saturday, October the 9th at 7 p.m.
The Sound Tigers will open the 2004-05 regular season on Saturday,
October 16th when they host Albany at 7:05 p.m. at Bridgeport's Arena
at Harbor Yard.